Sunday, June 01, 2008

Wild Rose (Rosa virginiana)

Wild Rose (Rosa virginiana)

Wild Rose (Rosa virginiana)
This sweet deceptively delicate rose is actually tougher than it looks. The Virginia rose can be planted in almost any soil from sandy to clay. This shrub is also good as a ground cover because it is low growing. It prefers full sun to light shade and can tolerate dry to moderate moisture regimes. For best result, plant in well-drained soil. No spraying, pruning or any other special maintenance is required!
The Virginia rose is a terrific addition to the meadow, bird or butterfly garden. Its flowers are a good source of nectar for bees and its fruit is wonderful food for mockingbirds, catbirds, brown thrashers, American robins, eastern bluebirds, grouse, white-footed mice, and squirrels. Its foliage and young stem is favored by cottontail rabbits and deer. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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